Sunday 19th October 2014 9am


Here we are God, with our bits of faith and our pieces of hope.
Here we are God, in our giving and taking moods.
God, will you be here with us as we talk, dream, listen, sing, and pray?
God, will you come and join us? Will you hold and comfort,
push and prod us, speak to us, feed us?
Here we are God, in the name of Jesus the Christ.

HYMN: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Tune: WOV 28)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is our health and salvation.
Come, all who hear:
brothers and sisters draw near,
joining in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, above all things so mightily reigning,
keeping us safe at his side, and so gently sustaining.
Have you not seen
how all you needed has been
met by God’s gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper our work and defend us;
surely his goodness and mercy will daily attend us;
ponder anew
what the Almighty can do,
who out of love will befriend us.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath come now with praises before him!
Let the Amen
sound from God’s people again:
gladly with praise we adore him. C/A



CHILDREN’S SONG: How is Jesus Present?
RIGHT SIDE: How is Jesus present? How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present today?
Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present today.

LEFT SIDE: He’s present in the children, present in the family,
present in the meal that you share.
He’s present when you’re laughing,
present when you’re giving,
present when you listen and care.

R—side But I cannot see him, but I cannot see him,
but I cannot see him today.
Are you just pretending?
How can it be real?
I would like to see him today.

L- side Every time you listen, every time you’re sorry,
every time you care for a friend,
that is when he’s present,
though you do not see him,
“I am with you always”, he said.

ALL – Now I understand. Now I understand.
Let us celebrate today!
He’s present in the WORD,
present in the PEOPLE,
present in the breaking of BREAD.
© Cecily Sheehy (AA)



READINGS: Psalm 99 Lindsay Day
Matthew 22: 15-22 Cynthia Cross

LITANY from the Hymn, What does the Lord require
What does the Lord require
for praise and offering?
What sacrifice desire,
or tribute bid you bring?
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear!
should you not justice show?
Will God your pleading hear,
while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

Leaders in wealth and trade,
for whom the worker toils,
think not to win God’s aid
if greed your commerce soils.
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.

Still down the ages ring
the prophet’s stern commands:
to merchant, worker, king
he brings God’s high demands.
Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.
(Words © Oxford University Press)
SERMON: What do we see?


HYMN: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life (Tune: Fulda WOV 137)
Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your words of life again.

In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

The cup of water given for you still
holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.

O Jesus, from the mountainside,
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide,
and tread the city’s streets again. C/A

Our money may show the face of a sovereign
and even, defender of the faith in times past;
yet it is our lives that carry your imprint, O God.
We cannot see your face, yet our hearts beat with your life.
We bring this money and this food, and all that we are, for your blessing, as we seek to show your love to all, In Jesus’ name, Amen.


HYMN: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night;
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word of them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame;
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send? © D. Schutte & New Dawn Music (VU)


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.


COPY FOR NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now required. Email: The deadline is Thursday 13th November. Anneke 328 7459.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd October: Annual visit to Ilam Gardens. Meet 9.30am at the bus shelter in Ilam Rd beside the entrance to Ilam Gardens. Use pay carpark beside Ngaio Marsh Theatre opposite OR Orbiter/Gold Card “special” departing St Martins 9am; PMH 9.06am; Barrington 9.12am. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING: Wednesday 22nd October 2pm in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Entertainment will be provided by Bob Salton & Heather Ross. Everyone is very welcome and we would love to see you. Irene 332 7306.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

We are combining with the Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish for a Used Clothing Rummage Sale on Saturday 8th November at St Anne’s Hall, Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Contributions of marmalade, jam, lemon honey etc… required please. Lyn 332 0865.
Proceeds from the clothing will be split 50/50. Our Anglican friends will be running a plant stall.
*Clothing can be dropped off at the Office (7 Wilsons Rd) Wed & Thurs mornings.

FIRESIDE will meet on Tuesday 28th October 7.30pm at Jill’s, 38 McMillan Ave. All women are very welcome to come along. Jill has a friend coming along to talk about her Christmas shop and give us some ideas. Please contact Margaret 366 8936 for more information.

Fundraiser for the Building Fund. Saturday 22nd November 9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd. We will be selling plants, seedlings, gardening tools. Donations of items to sell will be required. For more information, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

Message from Sue – many thanks for the jars you have donated, but please no more!
Donations of fruit and sugar are welcome, though.

Harvest Thanksgiving is set down for Sunday 22nd March 2015.
We would like parishioners to “Grow a Potato in a Bucket”, nurture it throughout the summer and then harvest it just prior to our service.
Seed potatoes will be available on Sunday 2nd November.
Start sorting out a bucket and fill it with soil! Worship Committee.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 20th Fern; Wed 22nd Lesley, Bruce, Cynthia; Thu 23rd Lyn; Sat 25th Warren, Jim.

Hub Activities for the week 19th – 26th October 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 20 Oct 6pm St Mark’s fund raiser: TEA & TRAVELS
Wandering in Wales. At St Mark’s Church cnr Barrington & Somerfield Streets. Light tea. $5. Pictures to follow. All welcome
Tue 21 Oct 7pm Parish Council
Thur 23 Oct 5.30 p.m. Annual Meeting Presbyterian Support Upper South
Island at Bealey Avenue Office. RSVP by 20/10/14 to 336 5472

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 19 Oct 9am Morning Worship.
Mon 20 Oct 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Lyndsey 388 1264.
Tue 21 Oct 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 22 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for destination.
2pm Caring & Sharing. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 23 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. All welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 26 Oct 9am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 20 Oct 9.30am Pre-School Music. Emma 332 2965
2.00pm Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
Tues 21 Oct 7.00pm Cashmere Residents Association AGM
Wed 22 Oct 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
1.30pm CREST (Cashmere Residents Emergency Support Team)
Thurs 23 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group. Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Sun 26 Oct 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Tues 28 Oct 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments